More Than Just a First Day

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The first day of school is always exciting.

But August 7th will always be extra special for the district of Parke County.

A year ago Rockville and Turkey Run Junior-Senior High Schools decided to consolidate, and became Parke Heritage.

The decision was not an easy one to make, but students and staff are ready to take on the year.

 “Lot’s of people didn’t want it to happen. But I would say the younger generation of people my age were ready for the change and we’re just really happy that it’s finally happened. We’re ready to attack the year.” said Senior Landon Newnum.

Newnum will be a part of the first graduating class of Parke Heritage High School, and he couldn’t be happier, “I’ve been waiting for this day for a while.”

The district decided to combine the two smaller schools, in an effort to promote education and athletics.

“When you’re two very small schools, you want to be able to compete at the highest level in whatever you do. Um, so starting with academics and the programs we offer, when you combine two small schools together into a larger school you’re able to realign programs and teachers,” said Principal Dwight Ashley.

The consolidation moved all the high school students to Rockville where about 350 teens are enrolled.

Middle schoolers in the district will attend class in Turkey Run, where the enrollment there is around 270.

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